Bed and Breakfast at The Rock Garden

176 Brush Valley Road , State College, PA 16827-1025 USA (Show map)


Located in Oak Hall between historic Boalsburg and Lemont, our country style farmhouse is just 4 miles from PSU and 5 miles from downtown State College. A perennial nursery also sits on our 17 acres. Four of our guest rooms have queen size beds and private baths. Our fifth room is handicapped accessible with two twin beds and a private bathroom with roll-in shower. Each room sleeps two, but roll-away beds are available to accommodate a third person in most rooms. The B&B was newly built in 2005 with the latest in safety features. Fully air conditioned and smoke free, we have high speed wireless internet capabilities. Stroll through our gardens, hike Mount Nittany or just sit and enjoy the warmth of the wood fireplace. Think of us when you plan a football weekend, anniversary celebration, wedding reception, luncheon, business meeting or a weekend getaway.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Fantastic B&B

5 on October 26, 2017

We highly recommend staying here! Breakfast was wonderful. The rooms were spacious and CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Will definitely be staying here again and again.

Fabulous stay!!

4.8 on March 28, 2017

Beautiful location, entire house and rooms were impeccably clean! Joe is an amazing chef and host!

Cheers to the B&B at the Rock Garden

5 on October 22, 2016

Everything about our stay was top notch! We enjoyed our host's sense of humor. Joe prepared a delicious breakfast both mornings. He treated us to his wonderful chocolate chip cookies in the evening. Joe was very helpful with directions to the area's many attractions. We would definitely return.

PSU Homecoming 2016

4.6 on October 18, 2016

We made a late decision to stay over for the PSU/Maryland game and visit with our son and his girlfriend. Our innkeeper was polite and extremely informative before and during our stay. Admittedly, I am not a B&B person and have had a number of unique stays in Cork, Ireland, Yarmouth NS and Eastern Maryland.The Rock Garden changed my thinking as to what a B&B can be - I had an extremely positive experience. The Rock Garden was purpose-built as a first class Bed and Breakfast. Great care and thought was incorporated in the design. The Innkeepers had every detail covered (from instant hot water, landscaped gardens, piping hot and tasty foods, sprinklered facilities). We will definitely plan a future stay! Joe, our Innkeeper and proprietor, was ultra professional, informed and helpful!

2nd year - best b&b!

4.8 on October 14, 2016

All of the rooms are really lovely; the bedding and towels are clean and soft! I slept better there than in my own bed! Joe's breakfasts are delicious and plentiful and Joe is charming and helpful without being intrusive. Check out the downstairs bathroom - it's a hidden gem of a surprise! You couldn't have a better bed and breakfast experience.

Treasured our stay!

3.8 on October 06, 2016

Second time in three years. Looked forward to our return trip and were very pleased that our high expectations were fully met. Great food and conversation. One more reason to visit Happy Valley!

Perfect Stay for Work and Play

5 on June 29, 2016

We were in State College for 3 day business event, the Rock Garden was located so conveniently for work, but got us out of the hustle and bustle each night, the innkeepers were over the top friendly and helpful. The attention to detail at the B&B was impressive - we will most definitely be back...thanks!

Our favorite B & B.

4.8 on June 22, 2016

We stayed here for five nights in May. We try to book the Mt. Nittany room each time we visit since we find it so comfortable. My mom was with us this trip so we reserved the Oak Hall room which is ADA accessible. She loved it! Her favorite thing was sitting on the porch on one of the wooden rockers watching the birds at the feeders. Joe and Laura are friendly hosts and the breakfasts are always good. We have been staying here each spring for six years and it feels like coming home. We especially like the cleanliness of the inn. Thanks, Joe, for another great stay.

deserves more than 5 stars!

5 on June 07, 2016

Joe's passion, pride, and joy is this B&B and it is so obvious as soon as you walk in. Joe pampers you through his cooking and will make you a yummy home-cooked breakfast at any time you need in the morning (we were there for a horse-show and he was up and cooking bright and early even though we told him he didn't have to). The scones are soooo good!!! The house and grounds are beautiful with amazing views from all windows and the wrap around front porch. Laura's pride and joy is the beautiful nursery next to the house. (If we didn't have a car full of gear - I would've got a lot more flowers than I did- so many pretty ones to choose from!) She gives guests a discount too. I will def be back... maybe with my husband this time!

Hidden Gem

4.8 on April 05, 2016

We stayed at this hidden gem for one night for a quick trip to see our son at Penn State. We traveled with our older son who has physical disabilities and we were so happy to have found a B&B that could accommodate a wheelchair as well as an accessible bathroom. While staying in most hotels we never encounter ADA issues, but it is hard to find such a lovely inn that is as welcoming as this one. Joe, the inn keeper was very friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we were well taken care of. Our room was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished and large enough to comfortably accommodate all three of us. The inn itself is beautiful. The common areas are nicely furnished, comfortable and inviting. It was wonderful for my son to see a plate of freshly baked cookies waiting for us when we arrived. Breakfast the next day was delicious. The scones were awesome and the stratta was perfect too. We have already reserved a room for a football weekend this fall. The location is pretty close to the campus. Getting to and from downtown State College was very easy. We will become frequent guests, I am sure.

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Location Type



Harrisburg, PA (MDT)

Directions to property:

From the north, exit I-80 onto Rt.220/I-99 southbound. Take Rt.322 east toward State College/Lewistown. Get off Rt.322 at exit marked Boalsburg/Oak Hall and follow directions below. From the east come into Happy Valley on Rt.322 by-pass westbound. Get off Rt.322 at exit marked Oak Hall/Lemont and follow directions below. From the west through Port Matilda follow Rt.220 to Rt.322 eastbound and follow Rt. 322 by-pass. Take the exit marked Boalsburg/Oak Hall and follow directions below. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Boalsburg Rd. Make a quick first right onto Linden Hall Rd. and then an immediate left onto Brush Valley Rd.(On some maps referred to as Lenape Lane). Cross 1 lane bridge and take 2nd. driveway on right. Look for large white mailbox marked "THE ROCK GARDEN". We are 1/2 mile from the by-pass.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Penn State Football at Beaver Stadium, Fourth of July fireworks at Beaver Stadium, Ag Progress Days, Peoples Choice Art Festival in Boalsburg, Arts Festival in downtown State College, Bryce Jordan Center events, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities , ADA Compliant, Handicapped accessible, Free local phone calls, Smoke detectors/sprinklers

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We are a smoke free property.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and older welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum for football and graduation weekends.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: The deposit, which is the full amount for a one night stay or 50% for more than one night, will be held on the provided credit card.
  • Cancellations: If a cancellation occurs more than 14 days before the reservation date, only a $20 processing fee will be billed to your credit card. If the cancellation occurs within 14 days or less of the reservation date, the deposit amount will be charged to your credit card.
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Joe Thomas/Laura Stephenson

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  • Time Served: 8 til 10 AM
  • Serving Location: Florida room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

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